This is the first of two parts about the erstwhile, bygone, Christmas! Part 1) Damien…
Its Christmas time again! Well not quite but its the time when ye olde merry lights go up!
Although I only featured one of these at this time last year, in my view there were two sets of illuminations constituting the best of 2016’s lights.
This year those two very same streets have made the grade once again and left Oxford/Regent/Bond Streets in the pale. No surprise as London’s premier shopping streets simply recycled last years’ products (slightly adjusted to denote 2017.)
The best lights were once again Carnaby Street (see last year’s lights here) and Seven Dials. In fact both have gone one better this year with Carnaby once again excelling – this year its a tropical theme complete with giant parrots.
The huge plug on the electricity sub-station in Ganton Street – part of Carnaby St
Singing during the count-down to the Seven Dials switch-on
The Seven Dials lights are on!
There are so many different Christmas lights displays across Central London – even Winter Wonderland with its gigantic festival of lights that can be seen from Marble Arch, Park Lane and Knightsbridge. Some smaller ones such as Mount Street, Berkeley Square, Fitzrovia, they’re all good in their own way. Fitzrovia this year chose a giant bauble sited on the corner of Tottenham Street and Tottenham Court Road. I thought was a nice touch, especially as its one that people can walk through.
The Fitzrovia bauble
Last year we had Christmas trees that were of interest such as Damien Hirst’s at Mount Street, the Disney Junior & Sledges trees at King’s Cross/St. Pancras, and I thought the tree at St James had merit. This year its the same clone.
I am sure there will be even more on offer this year. Compared to say 30 years ago, London is now a blaze of lights at any time with so many new developments and colourful buildings having been opened, many offering new swathes of Christmas displays.
The lights in Slingsby Place, Covent Garden
Once these lights fade for another year, the exciting Lumière Festival makes a return. Its debut two years ago was a sheer spectacle of magic and it runs from 18-21 January 2018.
Lumière at King’s Cross Granary Square January 2015
Canary Wharf Winter Lights Festival 2018 takes place from the 16th to 27 January.
1 Canada Square during the Canary Wharf Winter Lights Festival 2016
With those January festivals underway there’ll be lights north, south and east of the Thames to say! Lumière makes that possible by offering new locations around the South Bank and Waterloo.